The Pokémon universe (ポケットモンスター, Pocket Monsters) refers to the Smash Bros. series' collection of characters, stages, and properties that hail from Nintendo's expansive and hugely successful Pokémon media franchise. The Pokémon franchise is Nintendo's second most lucrative franchise, reaching only behind Nintendo's Mario franchise in global sales. Thus, a rather large portion of the content in the Super Smash Bros. series revolves around characters and properties from the Pokémon universe (see the full list of Pokémon that have made appearances throughout the fighting game series), not the least of which are six separate playable characters: Pikachu, Pichu, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, Pokémon Trainer, and Lucario, the latter two of which are newcomers to Super Smash Bros. Brawl, while Pichu has been retired, but Greninja being a newcomer to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Mewtwo returning as a downloadable character.
Pokémon was introduced in Japan as "Pocket Monsters" by Nintendo in February 1996 as a pair of interlinkable Game Boy RPGs. It was not expected to be a huge success, but in the event, Pokémon exploded into an extremely potent franchise phenomenon, having been merchandised into an anime continuity (consisting of a television series with consistent motion pictures), many series of manga, an extensive collectible card game, toys, books, etc. It was all ported to American audiences and worldwide later on. Pokémon has become the second biggest-selling game-based media franchise of all time, second only to Nintendo's Mario franchise; as of April, 2009, cumulative sold units (including home console versions) have reached 193 million copies.
In the various incarnations of the Pokémon universe, the world of Pokémon is an Earth-like world inhabited by many species of the eponymous Pokémon creatures which coexist with humans. The Pokémon are colorful, generally sentient creatures possessing the abilities to perform amazing talents of seemingly every conceivable sort, examples of which are breathing fire, exhuming poisonous smog, summoning rainfall, performing martial arts, holographically splitting up into multiple copies of itself, employing psychokinesis, unleashing paralysis-inducing electricity, etc. Many Pokémon live as wild animals both as predators and prey, while other individual Pokémon are mythical and powerful beings responsible for the creation of the world, and others still are man-made. In the anime, most Pokémon can only communicate in a non-human language that consists of syllables of their own names, while others speak in roars and grunts, but some can communicate in English through telepathy (e.g. Mewtwo), and in extremely rare cases a Pokémon can master the ability to speak the physical human tongue (e.g. one particular individual of the Meowth species). However, in the video games, the sounds that Pokémon make are more animal-like. As of now, there are 807 species of Pokémon that have been identified (however, many of the Pokémon are known to have multiple forms. If each form was counted as an individual, there would be more). 721 existed at the time of the most recent Smash Bros. installment.
The concept of the Pokémon universe, in both games and the general fictional world, stems from the hobbies of insect collecting and cockfighting, the former being a popular pastime which Pokémon executive director Satoshi Tajiri had enjoyed as a child. In most instances of Pokémon, humans of varying interests seek out and capture various and multiple species of Pokémon using specially designed mass-producible tools called Poké Balls. In most cases a Pokémon caught from the wild by a human willingly joins up with the human and obeys his or her commands. Some catch and own Pokémon as friendly pets and lifelong companions and do not participate in any competitive activities with them. Others of a less savory nature, such as members of the Pokémon crime syndicate Team Rocket (Home to the Meowth who can speak the physical human tongue), capture Pokémon and use them as weapons to advance their evil agendas. For most humans, however, including players of the Pokémon RPGs, take the Pokémon trainer's route in life and collect Pokémon to train them and battle the Pokémon of other trainers in officially sponsored competitive Pokémon matches.
The two-stage object of most Pokémon RPGs is to collect all of the available Pokémon species in the region where that RPG takes place and from them train a winning team of powerful Pokémon fighters to defeat the powerful Pokémon teams of that region's Elite Four trainers and the regional Champion. Pokémon captured from the wild with Poké Balls gain experience and learn new battling moves by battling many wild Pokémon and challenging other trainers to Pokémon matches. Many species of Pokémon, when they gain enough experience and regardless of whether they are in the wild or under a trainer's ownership, undergo a metamorphosis and Evolve into a similar, but larger and more powerful, species of Pokémon. Many of the 700+ species belong to such lineages, so (in a sense) there are more like 250+ distinctive species of Pokémon.
The Pokémon franchise's chronology is divided into "generations", defined by the original Pokémon that appear herein and the newest pair of handheld Pokémon RPGs featuring those Pokémon. Every several years, with the release of a new pair of RPGs for a new system, over a hundred new Pokémon are added to the existing pool of Pokémon, along with new regions, characters, properties, and gameplay concepts. There have been four generations at the time of the release of Super Smash Bros Brawl: The Pokémon Red and Blue versions for the Game Boy began the franchise with the First Generation, with 151 Pokémon species and the initial region of the world called the Kanto Region. This generation was in effect when Super Smash Bros. was developed and released in 1999, so Pokémon, locations, and properties of the first generation were featured in the game. In 2000, the Second Generation was heralded by the release of the Pokémon Gold and Silver sequel versions for Game Boy Color, which added 100 more new Pokémon to make for a total of 251, along with the new Johto region located just west of Kanto. Super Smash Bros. Melee was developed and released during this generation, so the game features content based on both existing generations. In 2003, the Third Generation took effect with the release of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire versions for Game Boy Advance, which added 135 more new Pokémon in the Hoenn region to make a total of 386, and in 2007 the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl versions for Nintendo DS ushered in the Fourth Generation with 107 more new Pokémon in the Sinnoh region, adding up to what was then a grand total of 493 species. Since then, Generation V has been released in the form of Pokémon Black and White in 2011 with 156 new Pokémon, bringing the total up to 649. Two direct sequels to the aforementioned games, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, were released in 2012. Most recently, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have announced a sixth generation of Pokémon games for the Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon X and Y, to be released in October 2013. The original Super Smash Bros. for N64 featured a handful of Generation 1 Pokemon. Melee incorporated the second Generation as well and Super Smash Bros. Brawl incorporated the first four generations of Pokémon. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS was updated through Generation 6, but there has yet been a game released on time for the seventh generation.
Many of the game's main mechanics are largely ignored in the Super Smash Bros. series. One of the most obvious is, of course, that the series is not an RPG. Other differences include the Pokémon's weaknesses and resistances, for example, Charizard, as a fire-flying type combination, took double damage from Water and Electric based attacks and quadruple from Rock based attacks. Another difference is a Pokémon's special ability, such as Pikachu's ability to have a chance at paralyzing an opponent every time it was hit with a physical attack.
List of games in the Pokémon franchise
- Pokémon Red/Blue/Green (1996, Nintendo Game Boy)
- Pokémon Yellow (1998, Nintendo Game Boy)
- Pokémon Gold/Silver (1999, Game Boy Color)
- Pokémon Crystal (2000, Game Boy Color)
- Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire (2002, Game Boy Advance)
- Pokémon Emerald (2004, Game Boy Advance)
- Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen (2004, Game Boy Advance)
- Pokémon Diamond/Pearl (2006, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Platinum (2008, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver (2009, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Black/White (2010, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Black 2/White 2 (2012, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon X/Y (2013, Nintendo 3DS)
- Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (2014, Nintendo 3DS)
- Pokémon Sun/Moon (2016, Nintendo 3DS)
- Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon (2017, Nintendo 3DS)
- Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Let's Go, Eevee! (2018, Nintendo Switch)
- Pokémon Stadium (1999, Nintendo 64)
- Pokémon Stadium 2 (2000, Nintendo 64)
- Pokémon Colosseum (2003, Nintendo GameCube)
- Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness (2005, Nintendo GameCube)
- Pokémon Battle Revolution (2006, Nintendo Wii)
Mystery Dungeon games
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team (2005, Red: Game Boy Advance; Blue: Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness (2007, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (2009, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (2012, Nintendo 3DS)
- Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (2015, Nintendo 3DS)
- Pokémon Ranger (2006, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (2008, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (2010, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Rumble (2009, Nintendo Wii)
- Pokémon Rumble Blast (2011, Nintendo 3DS)
- Pokémon Rumble U (2013, Nintendo Wii U)
- Pokémon Rumble World (2015, Nintendo 3DS)
Other Spinoff games
- Hey You, Pikachu! (1998, Nintendo 64)
- Pokémon TCG (1998, Game Boy Color)
- Pokémon Snap (1999, Nintendo 64)
- Pokémon Pinball (1999, Game Boy Color)
- Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (2000, Game Boy Color)
- Pokémon Puzzle League (2000, Nintendo 64)
- Pokémon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire (2003, Game Boy Advance)
- Pokémon Box: Ruby and Sapphire (2003, Nintendo GameCube)
- Pokémon Channel (2003, Nintendo GameCube)
- Pokémon Dash (2004, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Trozei (2005, Nintendo DS)
- My Pokémon Ranch (2008, Nintendo Wii)
- PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (2009, Nintendo Wii)
- PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond (2011, Nintendo Wii)
- Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure (2011, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Conquest (2012, Nintendo DS)
- Pokémon Battle Trozei (2014, Nintendo 3DS)
- Pokémon Shuffle (2015, Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android)
- Pokémon Picross (2015, Nintendo 3DS)
- Pokémon GO (2016, iOS and Android)
- Pokkén Tournament (2016, Nintendo Wii U)
- Pokkén Tournament DX (2017, Nintendo Switch)
- Detective Pikachu (2016, Nintendo 3DS)
- Pokémon Quest (2018, Nintendo Switch, iOS, android)
Pokémon's first generation was in effect at the release of Super Smash Bros. in 1999, so only Pokémon from the first generation are to be found here.
With two of the twelve fighters being Pokémon themselves, the Pokémon franchise was the second most prominent universe in the original game, falling only behind the four characters from the Mario universe (if Donkey Kong and Yoshi are accounted for):
- Pikachu: A yellow mouse with red cheeks, this cute creature is imbued with electricity and may employ it at will as offensive measures, both in Pokémon battles and in Smash competitions. As it can be inferred, it is an Electric-type Pokémon. It is 40 cm tall (1'4") and weights 6 kg (13.2 lbs). It is numbered #025, according to the National Pokédex. It is often considered the mascot of the Pokémon franchise as a whole, often depicted on most of the franchise's merchandise and is unanimously included in any Pokémon product. It is the favored Pokémon of trainer Ash Ketchum (being it the Pokémon with which Ash started his journey) in the Pokémon anime and has been trained to become a powerful member of the Pikachu species. It has a spiritual rival in the cat-like Pokémon Meowth. Pikachu, in the main Pokémon RPGs, is not strong in Pokémon battles at all. It has an evolved form, however, called Raichu, a larger, more imposing, and much more powerful electric rodent that is quite popular to use in the video games. Pikachu also has a younger, weaker pre-evolved form called Pichu which did not exist at all during the first generation; it was introduced in the second generation. Pikachu is often called the most popular Pokémon in America. In Super Smash Bros., Pikachu is known for its good speed, combo ability, and recovery.
- Jigglypuff (Purin in Japan): A pink ball-like fluffy creature strikingly similar to Kirby in appearance and floaty stature. This cute creature possesses a hypnotic singing voice that literally puts those around to hear it to sleep, and when angered (as it often becomes in the anime when it sees its audience fall asleep from its performances), it will punish its target either with Pound or with vandalizing its victims' faces with a marker (the latter is only seen in the anime). It is a Normal/Fairy type Pokémon. It is 50 cm tall (1'8") and weights 5.5 kg (12.1 lbs). It is numbered #039, according to the National Pokédex. It has an evolved form, not seen in Smash however, called Wigglytuff, a larger, less spherical creature with markedly higher specifications to make it more appealing in battle. It also has a younger, even weaker pre-evolved form called Igglybuff which did not exist at all during the first generation; it was introduced in the second generation. Jigglypuff is often called the most popular Pokémon in Japan. In the early Pokémon anime, a Jigglypuff followed the protagonists, but has not been seen for some time. In Super Smash Bros., it can be a legitimate force to be reckoned with, thanks to its trump card, Rest, which is ironic, because in the RPGs, it is one of the weakest Pokémon to bring out in battle.
Super Smash Bros. features one Pokémon-themed stage:
- Saffron City: This takes place on the rooftops of various skyscrapers on the metropolitan Saffron City located within the Pokémon world's Kanto region. Saffron City is the largest and most populated city in the Pokémon RPGs and anime, and the Silph Co. building belongs to Silph Co., a major Kanto region corporation that designs technologically advanced devices like the Silph Scope (for identifying ghostly Pokémon), the Up-Grade (an item that may cause the evolution of Porygon into Porygon2 in the RPGs), and the Master Ball (a one of a kind Poké Ball which can capture any one Pokémon without failure). Several first-generation Pokémon appear out of the central structure's doorway to influence the action by attacking anyone as much as possible.
Silph Co. Pokémon
Super Smash Bros. introduces the one Pokémon-related item seen throughout the Smash series:
- Poké Ball: When thrown, one of about a dozen available Pokémon from the first generation will emerge from the thrown item and perform an action unique to that Pokémon, making this the most unpredictable, complex, and variable item of all. The collection of Pokémon findable in throwable Poké Balls in Super Smash Bros. features the first-generation Pokémon.
Poké Ball Pokémon
- 12: An orchestration of the traditional Pokémon title theme, heard on Saffron City.
- 22: The victory fanfare of Pikachu and Jigglypuff is an orchestration borrowing elements from track 12.
Pokémon's second generation was in effect at the release of Super Smash Bros. Melee in 2001, so Pokémon from both existing generations are featured.
Four of the 26 playable characters are Pokémon; however, the Pokémon universe is made to be the third most represented franchise in the character select screen of Melee. It was overtaken for second place by The Legend of Zelda universe's five characters.
- Pikachu: Returning from Super Smash Bros. with Skull Bash as a new Special Move, Pikachu has been nerfed from Super Smash Bros. to Melee. Its tier ranking among other characters has dramatically dropped for its appearance here. Pikachu's pre-evolved Pichu form came into existence in the second generation, and is featured as a new playable character.
- Jigglypuff: Returning from Smash Bros. with Rollout as its new B move, Jigglypuff is otherwise not dramatically changed. Its pre-evolved Igglybuff form came into existence in the second generation and cameos as a collectible trophy.
- Pichu: A new fighter that is an alternative version to Pikachu, much like Luigi to Mario. Pichu, a second-generation Pokémon, is younger and weaker than Pikachu in the Pokémon continuity, and evolves into Pikachu in the video game series. Its control over its electric powers is iffy at best; it often damages itself when unleashing a strong electric attack. This is reflected in Melee, in that when it uses one of several moves, it will actually receive damage itself as a side-effect, though the attacks are slightly stronger than Pikachu's due to having no control over the power of electricity. That, along with other disadvantages such as the lightest weight, makes Pichu one of the least able fighters in Melee (currently last on the tier list). Like Pikachu, it is an Electric-type Pokémon, standing at a 30 cm height (1') and weighing 2 kg (4.4 lbs). It is numbered #172, according to the National Pokédex.
- Mewtwo: A new and original fighter from Pokémon's first generation. Mewtwo is one of the strongest Pokémon in the RPGs (being one of the Legendary Pokémon - this term refers to Pokémon that, in the RPGs, are especially powerful, are found only once, and are very hard to capture) and in especially the anime continuity is depicted as a sentient humanoid being with a personality that allows for the virtues and failings of a human being. It is a Psychic-type Pokémon which stands 2 m tall (6'7") and weighing 122 kg (269 lbs). It is numbered #150, according to the National Pokédex. The anime depicts Mewtwo as the twisted genetically-engineered result of scientists working to create the most powerful Pokémon artificially, using the DNA of the rare and powerful Mew (hence Mewtwo's name). Mewtwo is imbued with extremely potent psychic powers and is in fact able to communicate telepathically in grammatical English; however, it is very cold, ruthless and aggressive. As such, it is utterly ironic that Mewtwo is considered a bottom-tier fighter for his playable appearance in Melee, lacking a solid method of approach that most other fighters have and being crippled by a massive frame with little weight.
Super Smash Bros. Melee features one starter stage and one unlockable stage. It may be noted that neither of the following stages take place in the Johto region located west of Kanto, even though the Johto region was introduced in the second generation of games, Pokémon Gold and Silver, and was the main region one played in during that time.
- Kanto: Pokémon Stadium: This takes place in a typical night-time stadium located in the Kanto region; it does not represent any one specific location in the Pokémon RPGs. This stage is unique because the entire field may transform into an entirely new battlefield after a set amount of time, and there are four fields available.
- Kanto Skies: Poké Floats: This stage consists of many Pokémon-shaped balloons floating in the skies above the Kanto region. Over the course of three-and-a-half minutes, giant balloons of Squirtle, Onix, Psyduck, Chikorita, Weezing, Slowpoke, Porygon, Wooper, Sudowoodo, Snorlax, Venusaur, Seel, Wobbuffet, Goldeen, Lickitung, Chansey, Geodude, and many Unown appear in that order and cycle through for the players to battle on.
- Poké Ball: Returns in Melee to reprise its role as the most complex, randomized item available, with a revised and expanded collection of Pokémon from both generations 1 and 2 able to appear from it.
Melee's collection of Pokémon findable in throwable Poké Balls features the following Pokémon from the (then) current two generations. The Pokémon Electrode also functions as an item, and can be thrown at enemies.
List of Pokémon
- Ditto (only through Action Replay or Debug menu)
Ditto makes a spiritual appearance as the icon selected when the random character option is chosen in Melee's tournament mode. Ditto was originally planned to be one of the Ball Pokémon listed above, and it would Transform into a copy of the player's character for a short time, but it was discarded from the final product because of issues programming it. It can still be accessed by using an Action Replay, however, but since it wasn't programmed to do anything, it simply jumps into the air and disappears.
- 15: Pokémon Stadium: An orchestration of the main title screen music in most Pokémon RPGs, complete with a chorus. Curiously, it sounds uncannily similar to this song's version in the Pokémon Anime. It is heard in Kanto: Pokemon Stadium.
- 16: Poke Floats: A synthesized medley of three battle-related tunes heard in the first generation of Pokémon RPGs, beginning with the standard Trainer Battle theme, then the Gym Leader Battle theme, and finally the wild Pokémon encounter theme. This is heard on Kanto Skies: Poke Floats and is often heard accompanying Mewtwo in Single-player mode.
- 32: Battle Theme: A synthesized medley of three battle-related tunes heard in the second generation of Pokémon RPGs, beginning with the wild Pokémon encounter theme, then the Gym Leader Battle theme, and finally the Champion Battle theme. This is heard as a secondary track on Kanto: Pokemon Stadium and is often heard accompanying Pichu in Single-player mode.
- 45: Pokémon Victory: The victory fanfare of Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Pichu, and Mewtwo is an orchestration borrowing elements from track 15, "Pokemon Stadium".
Full Trophy List
- Pikachu's three game trophies
- Jigglypuff's three game trophies
- Pichu's three game trophies
- Mewtwo's three game trophies
- Bulbasaur (trophy)
- Venusaur (trophy)
- Charizard (trophy)
- Squirtle (trophy)
- Blastoise (trophy)
- Clefairy (trophy)
- Meowth (trophy)
- Poliwhirl (trophy)
- Electrode (trophy)
- Weezing (trophy)
- Chansey (trophy)
- Goldeen (trophy)
- Staryu (trophy)
- Ditto (trophy)
- Eevee (trophy)
- Snorlax (trophy)
- Articuno (trophy)
- Zapdos (trophy)
- Moltres (trophy)
- Mew (trophy)
- Chikorita (trophy)
- Cyndaquil (trophy)
- Totodile (trophy)
- Crobat (trophy)
- Cleffa (trophy)
- Igglybuff (trophy)
- Togepi (trophy)
- Bellossom (trophy)
- Marill (trophy)
- Sudowoodo (trophy)
- Unown (trophy)
- Wobbuffet (trophy)
- Steelix (trophy)
- Scizor (trophy)
- Heracross (trophy)
- Porygon2 (trophy)
- Raikou (trophy)
- Entei (trophy)
- Suicune (trophy)
- Lugia (trophy)
- Ho-oh (trophy)
- Celebi (trophy)
- Poké Ball (trophy)
- Pokémon Stadium (trophy)
- Professor Oak (trophy)
- Misty (trophy)
- ZERO-ONE (trophy)
Pokémon makes a return in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as one of the more extensively represented franchises. By the time this game was released the 3rd generation had past and the 4th generation was in full swing. The European version of the game displays every single Pokémon's name in all caps. Pokémon has the most playable characters, Pokémon Trainer Pokémon included.
Four Pokémon characters appear in Brawl as playable fighters:
- Pikachu: Returns from Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, now buffed. Pikachu's Final Smash is called Volt Tackle, and it involves it temporarily turning into a giant ball of electricity and flying at high speeds across the stage. This move can be controlled when in action, but it leaves Pikachu helpless if the attack ends or is canceled while it's in midair.
- Pokémon Trainer: A new character based on the generic trainer from the Pokémon games, this particular design most resembling Red from Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen. Pokémon Trainer is unique in that he is the only character that doesn't fight on his own, instead using one of three starter Pokémon to fight for him, switchable by usage of the Pokémon Change ability:
- Squirtle: The first evolutionary stage of the Water starter from the first generation of games. The smallest, lightest, and fastest (in terms of air speed and attack speed that is) of the trio. Ironically though, it has the slowest dash speed of the three. It is characterized by its quick airspeed and high priority aerial attacks. Its Side Special Move, Withdraw, while very situational, is unique in that it grants Squirtle limited invulnerability.
- Ivysaur: The second evolution of the Grass starter from the first gen (most specifically, it is a Grass/Poison-type). Interestingly enough, Ivysaur is one of only two playable quadrupeds in the entire Super Smash Bros. series to date, the other one being Pikachu (who still uses its front paws on occasion). Ivysaur excels at damaging foes above it, but has extremely poor recovery and KOing abilities.
- Charizard: Although it has appeared in every Super Smash Bros. game, Charizard thriumphantly makes his first playable appearance, being the third and most powerful form of the Charmander family (being Charmeleon its second form), which hails from the Kanto region. Charizard is the heaviest and all around strongest of the three, and has two midair jumps and the ability to glide.
The Pokémon Trainer's Final Smash is called Triple Finish, where all three Pokémon appear on-screen and unleash a combined attack made up of Charizard's Fire Blast, Ivysaur's SolarBeam, and Squirtle's Hydro Pump. The Trainer also makes history as the first playable Pokémon character other than Pikachu to be a starter.
- Lucario: Lucario makes its Super Smash Bros. debut as an unlockable Newcomer. Although it is a Fighting/Steel-type Pokémon, it uses its "Aura" ability to improve its fighting style. It has voice acting, similar to Mewtwo, due to his "psychic" abilities. It is unique among most fighters, due to the fact that Lucario becomes stronger the more damage it takes on. Lucario's Final Smash is called Aura Storm, and it has Lucario leaping high above the stage, then firing a powerful Aura beam, which can be tilted left to right using the direction buttons or the analog stick.
- Jigglypuff: Jigglypuff makes a return in Brawl as an Unlockable Veteran fighter. While it is still predominantly an aerial fighter, its aerial priority and power have been decreased, as has the power of its Rest attack. It is worth noting that Jigglypuff is the only playable veteran character to not have a role in the Subspace Emissary.
On the final character select screen (after all characters are unlocked), the Pokémon characters occupy the 7th column.
- Rayquaza: Atypical of its game appearance, but very similar to its appearance in the movie Destiny Deoxys, Rayquaza appears as somewhat of a vengeful monster living in a lake near where Fox crashes his Arwing. When Diddy Kong happens upon this lake, he is captured by Rayquaza, but is quickly rescued by Fox. Rayquaza becomes angered and the two characters then fight it. Outside of its appearance in The Great Maze, Rayquaza has no significance beyond this fight. In the games, Rayquaza plays the part of the main Legendary Pokémon in the third generation game Pokémon Emerald, just as Groudon in the Ruby version and Kyogre in Sapphire. It will often settle any dispute between the former two. It is a Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon, being 7 m long (23') and weighing 206.5 kg (455.2 lbs). Its National Pokédex number is #384, being it the third to last of the third generation Pokémon listed there (losing only to Jirachi and Deoxys).
- Pokémon Stadium 2: An upgrade to Melee's Pokémon Stadium, this new stage retains the same basic layout, but transforms into four different elemental terrains than previously. This time, other Pokémon will appear in the background of the stages: Dugtrio, Cubone, Hoppip, Skarmory, Drifloon, Electivire, Snover, Frosslass, and Snorunt.
- Spear Pillar: Spear Pillar appears as a playable stage in Brawl. It is a destructible stage, similar to Skyworld. The Legendary Pokémon Dialga, Palkia, and Cresselia appear in the background, devastating the players. Also the lake trio Mesprit, Azelf and Uxie appear when either Dialga or Palkia destroy a part of the stage.
- Poké Ball: By tradition, this item returns to reprise its role as one of the most complex, randomized items available (along with the Assist Trophy), with a revised and expanded collection of Pokémon from all four Generations of the franchise able to appear from a thrown ball. Currently, the following Pokémon have been confirmed to appear, and they hail from all four current Generations of Pokémon:
List of Poké Ball Pokémon
- Deoxys (in Attack Form)
- Latias and Latios
- Pokémon Main Theme - A completely redone version of the original Pokémon main theme that has been heard in every main series' game, in one way or another. It is used on the Pokémon Stadium 2 stage.
- Road to Viridian City (From Pallet Town/Pewter City) - A whimsical remix of one of the commonly used "Route" songs used in the Red & Blue versions, first heard on Route 1, which also has elements of the town music in Viridian City. It is used on the Pokémon Stadium 2 stage. This song is also played during both Pokémon Trainer and Jigglypuff's Classic Mode credits.
- Pokémon Center - A remix of the Pokémon Center background music that is used in every main series' Pokémon title. It is used on the Pokémon Stadium 2 stage. This song is also played during Pikachu's Classic Mode credits.
- Pokémon Gym/Evolution - A medley made of both the Pokémon Gym song as well as the evolution song, both of which have made regular appearances in every mainstream Pokémon title. It is used on the Pokémon Stadium 2 stage.
- Wild Pokémon Battle! (Ruby/Sapphire) - A remix of the background music that plays when encountering a wild Pokémon in the Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald versions. It is used on the Pokémon Stadium 2 stage.
- Victory Road - A guitar remix of the theme that originated at Victory Road and the Elite Four in the Ruby & Sapphire versions. It is used on the Spear Pillar stage.
- Dialga/Palkia Battle at Spear Pillar! - A medley consisting of remixes of both the Dialga & Palkia battle theme and the Spear Pillar background music from the Diamond & Pearl versions. It is the theme of the Spear Pillar stage.
- Wild Pokémon Battle! (Diamond/Pearl) - A remix of the background music that plays when encountering a wild Pokémon in the Diamond & Pearl versions. It is used on the Spear Pillar stage.
- Team Galactic Battle! - A remix taken directly from the Diamond & Pearl versions soundtrack. It is used on the Spear Pillar stage. This song is also played during Lucario's Classic Mode credits.
- Route 209 - A rather upbeat remix of the Route 209 background music from the Diamond & Pearl versions. It is used on the Spear Pillar stage.
- Pokémon Stadium (Melee) - Taken directly from Melee. It is used on the Pokémon Stadium stage.
- Battle Theme (Melee) - Taken directly from Melee. It is used on the Pokémon Stadium stage.
- Poké Floats (Melee) - Taken directly from Melee. It is used on the Pokémon Stadium stage.
- Pokémon Victory Theme - Pikachu, Pokémon Trainer, Lucario and Jigglypuff's victory theme. A section of the Pokémon main theme.
- Aura Storm
- Glaceon and Leafeon
- Puff Up
- Latios & Latias
- Plusle and Minun
- Poké Ball
- Pokémon Trainer
- Triple Finish
- Volt Tackle
- Latias and Latios
- Pokémon Trainer
In the interim between the releases of Brawl and the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the Pokémon franchise once again proceeded with and completed a full generation, Generation V, and had started Generation VI, which allows for content from all six Pokémon generations to be featured in the most recent Smash Bros. game. Among the introductions in Generation VI are new, temporary "Mega Evolutions" for certain Pokémon species such as Lucario and Charizard. Mewtwo also returns as the first downloadable character.
- Pikachu: The Pokémon mascot was confirmed to be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U at the game's initial showcase at E3 2013. The only apparent cosmetic change is that it is much more brightly colored, and its model continues the trend of gradually becoming less chubby, matching its appearances in the most recent Pokémon products. Pikachu has received a fair amount of both buffs and nerfs. It's overall moveset remains the same, including its Final Smash from Brawl, Volt Tackle.
- Jigglypuff: Jigglypuff was unofficially confirmed through a livestream leak on Twitch. Jigglypuff is an unlockable character in the 3DS version, while being a starter for the first time in the Wii U version. It is much more expressive than before and now holds a permanent smile. Jiggypuff has been overall buffed from Brawl to become a much more balanced fighter. While having quicker and more powerful attacks, it's overall moveset is the same, including its Final Smash from Brawl, Puff Up.
- Charizard: Charizard returns as a fighter, and is now a stand-alone character choice from the Pokémon Trainer in Brawl, devoid of any special interaction with Squirtle and Ivysaur. Charizard has a new side special move called Flare Blitz, a powerful attack that inflicts recoil damage on Charizard even if it doesn't make contact with an opponent. Charizards's previous side special, Rock Smash, has been moved to its down special. It also has a new Final Smash, Mega Evolution, which enables Charizard to Mega-Evolve into Mega Charizard X and fly around and shoot fire blasts.
- Lucario: Lucario was the first Pokémon to be revealed as a starter playable character since Pikachu. Like many other characters from cartoonish franchises, Lucario's appearance is changed to stray away from the more realistic look from Brawl, into a much more vibrant and colorful look. Lucario gains a larger influence from his aura now, which effects moves like Aura Sphere and Extreme Speed more. Lucario has a new Final Smash, its Mega Evolution from X and Y, where Lucario can dish out almost twice as much damage and resist attacks.
- Greninja: Registered as Pokémon #658 in the games' National Pokédex listing, Greninja (Gekkouga in the Japanese version) was introduced in Generation VI of Pokémon as the final evolution stage of Froakie, one of the three "starter" Pokémon the player may choose at the start of games set in the Kalos region. It is a Water/Dark dual-typed Pokémon and is regarded as one of the most viable contenders in the latest iteration of the main RPG series' competitive scenes. Greninja was confirmed as a newcomer in the April 8, 2014 Smash Bros. Direct. An amphibian warrior with a ninja-like aesthetic, Greninja's signature attack became its special move Water Shuriken, a chargable physical attack. Its Final Smash is Secret Ninja Attack, where Greninja uses its other signature attack Mat Block to send foes in front of the moon, where it then slashes oppenets several times before sending a final blow downward.
- Mewtwo: Mewtwo was announced on October 23rd, 2014 in the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 50-Fact Extravaganza as the first downloadable character. It is the second character, after Dr. Mario, to skip one game and appear in the next. Like other returning Pokémon, its appearance now matches its current form in recent Pokémon media. Mewtwo has been buffed from Melee by gaining more mobility and power. It has also been given a Final Smash, Psystrike, where Mewtwo Mega-Evolves into Mega Mewtwo Y and uses Psystrike, a move that stuns opponents, then launches them via an intense mental shock. Since April 28, 2015, it has been available to everyone worldwide for purchase, although it was available two weeks prior for free if users registered both copies of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U on Club Nintendo
- Manaphy: Manaphy appears as the Water stage element in the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Ho-Oh: Ho-Oh appears as the Fire stage element in the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Registeel: Registeel appears as the Steel stage element in the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Rayquaza: Rayquaza appears as the Dragon stage element in the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Chandelure: An enemy in Smash Run for the 3DS version, Chandelure can launch fire balls and attack with Fire Spin as a means of attack, as well as absorb projectiles thrown at it.
- Gastly: An enemy in Smash Run that is only affected by projectiles.
- Cryogonal: An enemy in Smash Run that attempts to freeze the player with a blue laser. It can be a straight laser or an arced laser.
- Koffing: An enemy in Smash Run. It behaves similarly to its role as a Poké Ball.
- Petilil: An enemy in Smash Run. It uses Sleep Powder, causing players in front of it to fall asleep.
- Poké Ball: The Poké Ball was announced to make its comeback in the Comet Observatory trailer for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
- Master Ball: A variant of the Poké Ball, where only rare and legendary Pokémon come out of it. Zoroark and Goldeen also come out of it.
List of Poké Ball Pokémon
- Prism Tower: Lumiose City's Prism Tower from Pokémon X and Y appears as a new stage in the 3DS version. Similar to Delfino Plaza or Skyloft, it is a traveling stage that centers around the tower, traveling upwards as the combatants fight.
- Unova Pokémon League: The League appears as a stage in the 3DS version. While battling on it, N's Castle may appear, and with it one of five Pokemon: Reshiram, Zekrom, Shaymin, Whimsicott, and Milotic. The latter three do not do anything, while Reshiram will set the stage on fire, and Zekrom will slam into one side of the stage, tilting it.
Wii U Version
- Kalos Pokémon League: The Pokémon League from Pokémon X and Y appears in the Wii U version. The stage takes place in one of the four chambers of the Elite Four: Dragonmark, Flood, Ironworks, or Blazing Chamber. Pokémon of the same type of the chamber appear in the background, watching the battle.
- Pokémon Stadium 2: The stage itself returns from Brawl being only available on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
- Battle! (Trainer Battle) (Pokemon X and Y): This theme was first heard in Greninja's reveal trailer, and plays on the Prism Tower stage in the 3DS version and the Kalos Pokémon League stage in the Wii U version.
- N's Castle Medley: A remix of the music that plays at N's Castle and N's theme from Pokémon Black and White. It plays on the Unova Pokémon League stage in the 3DS version and Kalos Pokémon League stage in the Wii U version.
- Battle! (Reshiram/Zekrom): A remix of both the Tao Trio battle theme and cave theme from Pokémon Black and White that plays as the alternate track on the Unova Pokémon League stage in the 3DS version and the Kalos Pokémon League stage in the Wii U version.
- Lumiose City: The cover that plays at Lumiose City in Pokémon X and Y, which is used as the alternate track of the Prism Tower stage.
- Battle! (Champion) / Champion Cynthia: The theme that plays when battling the Sinnoh Pokémon Champion Cynthia. It is used on the Kalos Pokémon League stage.
- Route 10: A remix of the song that played on Route 10 in Pokémon Black and White. This plays on the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Route 23: The track that plays on Route 23 in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. This plays on the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Battle! (Team Flare): The theme that plays when battling Team Flare in Pokémon X and Y. This plays on the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Pokémon Center (Pokémon Red/Pokémon Blue): The Pokémon Center remix returns unchanged from Brawl, but it now plays on the Kalos Pokémon League stage.
- Battle! (Team Galactic): Returns unchanged from Brawl, though it now plays on the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Route 209 (Pokémon Diamond / Pokémon Pearl): Returns unchanged from Brawl, now plays on the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Battle! (Dialga/Palkia) / Spear Pillar: Returns unchanged from Brawl; now played on the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Battle! (Wild Pokémon) (Pokémon X / Pokémon Y): The cover that plays when encountering a Wild Pokémon in Pokémon X and Y. This plays on the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Victory Road (Pokémon X / Pokémon Y): The cover that plays at Victory Road in Pokémon X and Y. This plays on the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Battle! (Champion) (Pokémon X / Pokémon Y): The cover that plays when battling Kalos Pokémon Champion Diantha in Pokémon X and Y. This plays on the Kalos Pokémon League.
- Pokémon Main Theme (Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue): Returns unchanged from Brawl. This plays on Pokémon Stadium 2.
- Battle! (Wild Pokémon) (Pokémon Diamond / Pokémon Pearl): A new remix of the background music when encountering a Wild Pokémon in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. This plays on Pokémon Stadium 2.
- Road to Viridian City (From Pallet Town / Pewter City): Returns unchanged from Brawl. This plays on Pokémon Stadium 2.
- Pokémon Gym / Evolution (Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue): Returns unchanged from Brawl. This plays on Pokémon Stadium 2.
- Poké Floats: Returns unchanged from Melee, now plays on Pokémon Stadium 2.
- Pokémon Stadium: Returns unchanged from Melee, now plays on Pokémon Stadium 2.
- Pokémon Stadium 2: A medley of the Battle themes from Gold, Silver, and Crystal from Melee, now plays on Pokémon Stadium 2.
- Battle! (Wild Pokémon) (Pokémon Ruby / Pokémon Sapphire): Returns unchanged from Brawl. This plays on Pokémon Stadium 2.
- Victory Road (Pokémon Ruby / Pokémon Sapphire): Returns unchanged from Brawl, now plays on Pokémon Stadium 2.
- Victory! Pokémon Series: Returning unchanged from Brawl, used by all characters from the series.
Wii U Version
Poké Ball Pokémon
- Latias and Latios
- Raichu (Alolan Form)
- Vulpix (Alolan Form)
Games with elements from or in Super Smash Bros.
Pokémon Gold and Silver
Many Pokémon that debuted from Gold and Silver appear out of Poké Balls in Melee and Brawl, from the game mascots Ho-oh, Lugia and Suicune, two of the three starters in Chikorita and Cyndaquil, to more common ones such as Marill and Wobbuffet.
Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire
The game mascots, Kyogre and Groudon, appear out of Pokéballs in Brawl. Kyogre uses Hydro Pump, and Groudon uses Overheat. Other third generation Pokémon also appear, many filling the roles of old Pokémon (for example, Torchic fills the role previously held by Cyndaquil). Pokémon, such as Gardevoir and Metagross, also appear from Pokéballs, while others, like Snorunt, appear as Stage Elements in Pokémon Stadium 2. The third generation is the only generation to not have its own playable character but, according to scrapped data, there is a rumor of Plusle and Minun having been originally planned to be fighters.
Also, some Pokémon who debut in these games have appearances as Trophies:
- Wild Pokémon Battle! (Ruby / Sapphire)
- Victory Road
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
The design for Red, the male Pokémon Trainer from FireRed and LeafGreen, is the design for Pokémon Trainer in Brawl. Also, he comes with Charizard, Ivysaur, and Squirtle, the three starter Pokémon in the game or Pokémon that evolve from the starters. All of their special moves are moves that the trio can learn in FireRed and LeafGreen. Also, Pikachu and Jigglypuff, veteran Super Smash Bros. fighters, make appearances in this game. Many of the Pokeball Pokémon appear in this game, such as Chikorita, Kyogre and Articuno.
A majority of the Kanto Pokémon can be found in the Poké Balls of all three Super Smash Bros. games, such as Goldeen, Electrode and Moltres. However, a new Pokémon called Deoxys is also included in the Pokémon roster in Brawl, appearing in its Attack Form that at the time was exclusive to FireRed.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
In terms of playable characters, the fourth generation also has a representation, with Lucario as a playable character. Spear Pillar is also a stage in Brawl, complete with the mascots Dialga and Palkia (who s set to ppear as a Pokeball Pokemon in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U), along with Cresselia as major Stage Elements. Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf appear in the background, while Electivire, Magnezone, Snover, and Drifloon also appear on Pokémon Stadium 2.
New selections of Sinnoh Pokémon return in Brawl, such as Piplup and Munchlax. They are released from "Poké Balls". The random Pokémon released offers aid in a variety of different ways to the player who releases them. Each of the Poké Ball Pokémon plus numerous others will appear as trophies and stickers. There are also a few collectible songs that originated from Diamond & Pearl:
- Dialga / Palkia Battle at Spear Pillar!
- Wild Pokémon Battle! (Diamond / Pearl)
- Team Galactic Battle!
- Route 209
- The Pokémon and Mario universes are the only universes to have multiple characters in all Super Smash Bros. games.
- The Pokémon series was the only series to get stickers based on their artwork from the Dojo.
- Also, stickers based on Pokémon are referred to by series, not by game (e.g., Rayquaza, although exclusive to Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, is credited to Pokémon series)
- The Pokémon series has had 6 playable characters both in Brawl and 3DS/Wii U.
- Most playable Pokémon have come from the first generation. Only Pichu (second), Lucario (fourth) and Greninja (sixth) have come from a later generation.
- The Pokémon universe has the most playable characters in the whole series, with 9, though the Mario series has the most playable in a single game at 7.